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Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
This species has also been reported in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Catocala mira, Peterborough, Ontario, August 18, 2004, courtesy of Tim Dyson copyright
Catocala mira, Peterborough, Ontario, August 11, 2004, courtesy of Tim Dyson copyright
The pale basal area of the forewing distinguishes mira from blandula (dark brown) and crataegi (black).
Catocala mira, Calumet County, Wisconsin, July 8, 2007, courtesy of Carroll Rudy.
In Catocala mira the basal area is grey and lighter than in either C. blandula or C. crataegi. There is a thin black dash emanating from the body (midpoint of wing juncture) about 1/3 of the way into the basal area.
The antemedian line is dark and distinct, running quite obliquely toward the anal angle, for its upper half. The lower half of the am line is indistinct and turns toward and continues to the inner margin.
The median area has a distinct light area, almost white, running from the subreniform spot to the costa, just above the dark, oblique am line. The subreniform spot is closed, outlined with a thin dark line and inwardly filled with light brown. The reniform spot is outlined in black with a smooth C-like curve (right forewing) toward the body. Darker, grey-brown scaling fills this upper spot, and the reniform spot is outlined in white, more prevalent toward the outer margin. The wing veins are often distinctly covered in black scales in the area just ouitside the reniform spot.
The postmedian line is distinct, beginning at the costa just above the reniform spot. The pm runs obliquely to the upper tooth, usually followed by a somewhat shorter tooth and then an almost smooth curve to the dark dash, paralleling the inner margin.
The subterminal area is a mix of mostly brown scales with some grey and white, just inside the subterminal line. The terminal area is grey and the veins are usually pronounced with black scaling.
On the hindwing the black inner band is very irregular, relatively thin and makes a complete loop back toward the body. The yellow-orange median band is relatively even/smooth to the first of two projections into the outer band. The fringe is orange and heavily checked, often lighter to white at the hw apex.
courtesy of Tim Dyson copyright.
Moths come in to lights and to bait.
The Catocala mira caterpillar shows a preference for hawthorn species.
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to requests for identification help.
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